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image SM volume 60/41 (53)

Reference number

SM volume 60/41 (53)

Purpose

[20] Unexecuted (perspectival) record drawing of design for the entrance hall, February 1802

Aspect

A view of the Hall

Inscribed

as above, Robert Knight Esqre

Signed and dated

Lincolns Inn Fields / Feby: 23 : 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, burnt Sienna, warm sepia, blue, dark green and yellow washes with multi-ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (210 x 263) mounted on page 41(53) of volume 60

Hand

The office Day Book for 23 February 1802 has an entry: Robert Knight Esqr / About Plans of / Alterations in / Charles Street / Seward, that is, Henry Hake Seward (1788 - 11848), pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808

Notes

Comparison with survey drawing [5] shows the hall as rectangular and without the canted front added for Mr Knight. This design (dated 23 February 1802) was made several months before drawings [21-23] which are dated October 1802 and are essentially unrelated. The drawing catalogued here introduces a cross-corridor between the hall and the stair 'which on the lateral axis formed a more emphatic enfilade joining the dining-room at the front and the library at the back'. (Survey of London, The Grosvenor Estate in Mayfair, volume XL part II, 1980, p.162). The twin lanterns may house gas lights.

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Drawing

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